Through our two-year full-time program, you can choose to specialize in a broad variety of fields. Specialization can take the form of a concentration within coursework, in the capstone project, in one’s internship, or in any combination of these. Concentrations are available in the following areas:

  • Environmental and resource
  • Health
  • Education
  • Urban
  • Inequality and poverty
  • Race and immigration

Application Checklist

We are currently accepting applications from both domestic and international applicants. The program is open for admission to those who have successfully completed:

  • Undergraduate courses in microeconomics, statistics, and an introduction to politics and government, or equivalent courses (students may still be admitted with course deficiencies)
  • A bachelor's degree (or an approved equivalent from an accredited institution) with minimum 3.0 GPA

To apply, you must complete an online application through the UCR Graduate Division website. You will be required to provide the following:

  • Three letters of recommendation (two must be academic references)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Personal history statement
  • GRE scores (minimum score of 300)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores - for international students only
  • Official transcripts

Current Class Statistics


SPP Overview Video


Jesse Melgar - Class of 2017

"Public policy and public opinion go hand-in-hand. My job is to understand and shape both. In the areas of elections, business programs and political reform, I work to ensure Californians have access to the information they need, when they need it. My MPP trained me with the tools and techniques to be effective in that goal."
Jesse Melgar, California Deputy Secretary of State, Chief Communications Officer

Amber Bolden - Class of 2018

“I chose UCR’s MPP program because of its flexibility for working professionals and its small class sizes. When making the decision to return to academia, I wanted to make sure I was making a wise investment. This meant selecting a university that had the resources to prepare me for a competitive workforce, in addition to being affordable and accessible to students.”
Amber Bolden, Graduate Teaching Assistant, WRCOG Fellow

Moureen Ahmed - Class of 2017

"My two years in the MPP program at UCR were an extremely challenging time, but it equipped me with the knowledge and confidence to work in the public sector. I learned how to conduct and analyze research, expanded my writing skills, and practiced my public speaking skills immensely. Electives and class projects allowed me to go into detail with specific policies of interest. I utilized my time as a graduate student to get more involved as a social justice organizer on campus, as well. UCR is a dynamic place to learn and I deeply value my experience in the program."
Moureen Ahmed
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